Let’s Tawk “Exchange”
April 7, 2019 — 20:49

By Grace Maselli

The life blood of any timebank is its exchanges. What a person offers to another member.
What a person receives. An hour for an hour. When the timing and need sync. No matter if you’re pulling weeds or pulling teeth. Could be a household chore. An errand to the dry cleaners. A visit to someone in the hospital. A meal for their family.

It’s the stuff of caring. Often with meaning way beyond money; rather, it’s about the actions and deeds that thread and join the interdependent fabric of community. Youth—teens—can be involved too. According to the chores list on “VeryWellFamily,” here’s a sampling of what youth might also contribute to their local timebank exchanges:

  • Plant watering
  • Pet feeding
  • Pet walking (and litter box cleaning!)
  • A scrubba dub dub of pets, pets’ things, and cars in driveways
  • Babysitting (complete with chocolate chip cookie baking)

Orrr…

  • Lawn mowing
  • Hoisting and heaving plant cuttings into bags, then tossing bags into appropriate receptacles
  • Light housekeeping for older people
  • Reading/companionship to housebound folks

    So consider getting your teens into the swing of timebank things. Because you never know when the effort can really make a positive difference in someone else’s life. And yoursOpen our TBT timebanking flyer  for more info.

Timebanking Esprit de Corps
April 7, 2019 — 20:22

By Grace Maselli

 

In an informal TBT poll-taking (spontaneous question-asking on the campus of  a nearby college), it quickly became clear that what people like is hanging out. Together. Some good old-fashioned connection and conversation is the ticket!

The ticket to what?

To human interaction. You’ve heard it before. We homo sapiens love a good party. Or a picnic. A shared cultural event that we can discuss, dissect, elaborate on, be grateful for, together. After the fact. Or an interactive workshop.The kind where we break out into small groups and talk. Brainstorm. Or just eat pie.

In case it’s been a while since you Googled the dictionary meaning of esprit de corps, here it is: “A sense of unity and of common interests and responsibilities, as developed among group of persons closely associated in a task, cause, enterprise, etc.”

We here at TBT are such a”closely associated” group of peeps. We like to go to cultural events together. Eat sandwiches in sync at public parks. (We like to feel our way into real face-to-face experiences.) Sometimes we don’t even talk that much; we just smile knowingly at one another. Other times, yackety-yack. And of course we’re all about timebank exchanges. Check out the flyer for more info. And tell yer friends too!

It’s a “Decorate the Springtime Tree” Potluck!
March 24, 2019 — 17:40

By Grace Maselli

Put it in your calendar: Sunday, May 19 from 3 to 6 PM. TBT and its friends and guests will be self-expressing and chowing down on potluckery on a Sunday afternoon. Coming together as a community to connect and share. And of course we have a theme! We’ll be festooning the tree pictured here. Guests should plan to bring a personal emblem, ephemera, memento, relic, small photo, object, remembrance, Roadside America gadget, souvenir, or bauble, to hang from a tree branch—anything participants feel is a reflection or symbol of who they are. It can be store-bought, homemade, borrowed, rented, picked up at a yard sale, accepted on temporary or long-term loan. You name it. Could be a mini collage, a symbolic animal that represents what you value in strength, speed, ability to camouflage. It could be something that sparkles to represent engagement with the world around you. It should be about the size of a standard holiday tree ornament, maybe no bigger than your hand. Anything you conceive that is valuable to you and authentically symbolizes what you want to share with guests, is fair game. But it must be able to hang from a tree branch. So get out your glue gun, tape, sealing wax, paste, chewing gum, stickem stuff, and ribbon, string, fishing line, cord, twine, dental floss, or copper wire to make it work. (To make it dangle from a branch!) Plan to bring a yummy, crowd-pleasing dish to share. And prepare to let us know why you chose what you chose, then pick a place on the tree for your object. We’ll hang all pieces from the tree and take a community photo as an area-wide timebanking keepsake! Let’s come together to satisfy our collective hunger for stories and to build friendship! 

 

Date Sunday, May 19, 2019
Time 3-6 PM
Address 2128 Park Crescent Drive
Land O Lakes, FL 34639
Between Collier Pkwy and Livingston Road
Questions? Contact Grace at mgmwrite@gmail.com
or 215.834.4567

 

Timebanking Opens the Door of Perception to Local Poetry
March 22, 2019 — 12:54

By Grace Maselli

Sometimes gifts drop from the sky. Or in the case of our Tampa timebank, from the mystical vibes and synchronicities that live quietly in the still, local spaces between cypress tree branches. A major vibes “channeler,” butterfly farmer (along with his giddy, effervescent wife, Deb), is TBT member and professor—PhD and MBA—Robert E. McGinnis. Robert, who’s too humble to go by “Dr.” in our TBT circles, or likely any circle, is part Renaissance man, part poet (who’s memorized entire epic masterpieces by Kahlil Gibran and recited them verbatim at our TBT potlucks), also teaches in Saint Leo University’s Department of Computer Science & Info Systems in the School of Business.

Given Robert’s eclectic interests, and quick, ready knowledge of stuff happening at Saint Leo’s, he was generous enough to share. Specifically, he forwarded a few known poetry-writing TBTers and groovy friends submission information about the Pasco Fine Arts Council’s and Saint Leo’s Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library’s Jacaranda Poetry Contest, in honor of April’s National Poetry Month.

Sooo. I did what all would-be poets do when gifts drop from the sky. When energy concentrates and the writing bumps into opportunity (manifested in the physical world, i.e.: Robert’s run-with-it Jacaranda Poetry Contest submission guidelines), I threw my hat in the ring and submitted three unpublished poems.

Turns out one of ’em won first place. My reaction? In a few inimitable words spoken gruffly in 1933 by Popeye the Sailor Man…flippin’ Blow Me Down!

Here’s the very recent email missive I received about the whole magilleh from Jacalyn E. Bryan, Reference and Instructional Services Librarian and Associate Professor at Saint Leo, who works in the Cannon Memorial Library, and who had a major role to play in organization of the Jacaranda contest:  “Dear Grace, Congratulations!  Your poem, Queen of African Violets, has been selected by our judges to receive first place for the Jacaranda Poetry Contest. We would like to thank you for your contribution to the contest and look forward to your participation in the Jacaranda Poetry Reading and Reception on Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 pm in the Cannon Memorial Library at Saint Leo University.”

So once again, with humility and deepest appreciation, I reap the meaningful, nourishing fruits of the beautiful timebank. Complete with its connection to people, the arts, and the humanity and soulfulness to care about more than just money. If poetry’s your thing, please join us on April 3 at 6:30 PM at the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library at Saint Leo University and earn TBT hours. Let ’em know if you plan to show at Jacalyn.Bryan@saintleo.edu. Library address is 33701 FL-52, St Leo, FL 33574; I’ll be posting the 19-line poem here on the blog after the reading. You can also check out the gorgeous 2019 National Poetry Month poster here.

 

Healing Arts and Community Connection
March 21, 2019 — 19:56

By Grace Maselli

We chitted and chatted. Hobnobbed and ate yummy food. All thanks to members’ and  friends’ generosity and kindness. We also welcomed new faces and had an engaging demonstration of holistic healing and energy work led by practitioner and new member, Janie Ambrose. It all happened at this month’s TBT Third Tuesday gathering at Tampa’s Life Enrichment Center where about 18 people came together on Tuesday, March 19our monthly rendezvous: A gathering otherwise known as TBT’s member-and-guest meeting and orientation where we also welcome interactive presentationsincluding samplings of what our members offer in timebank exchanges. Janie is a woman who’s skilled in the healing arts and metaphysics, just to name a few of her impressive competencies. You can read more about her background and practice details at, “Amazing Healings by Janie”.

Membership in our Florida Network of local timebank groups is definitely growing! In addition to Tampa, motivated members from Spring Hill and New Port Richey, among other local environs, are getting the word out through faith-based organizations, Meetup groups, at libraries, and in their own homes. The energy is strong. And every day we’re building more momentum. The gratitude is equally palpable. For a quick download of information to share with friends, neighbors, and co-workers, check out our TBT flyer. And stay tuned!

 

Timebanking and the Case of Matted Dog Hair
March 17, 2019 — 19:34

By Grace Maselli

Timebank to the rescue. My dog Olive is, uh, er, a pet with thick fur. She’s a beautiful wingding dilly of a dog, part Shih Tzu, part Lhasa Apso, part mystery. According to Wikipedia, Lhasa’s were “bred as an interior sentinel in the Buddhist monasteries, to alert the monks to any intruders who entered.” Let’s just say my lovely, tender Olive is a long way from the Ganden Monastery of Tibet, living in lesser environs in Land O’ Lakes with her brother and sister, two other mutts.

True confession: Olive lives with me, her human mother, who doesn’t always stay on top of the stubborn, tangled mess of matted hair that seems to multiply like a quadratic equation (that I also don’t know how to keep up with). Canine College says, “Even the best of the best dog owners can be challenged with this task [of keeping dog hair from getting matted…] – it is very easy to overlook mats in our dog’s coat unless we run our fingers to the base of the coat – right to the skin!  And once those mats start they can be stubborn (boldface, mine) and multiply or expand so quickly.” An excuse after my own heart.

Anyway, with my tail between my legs, I went to co-timebanker Karen Lowman, animal lover extraordinaire, for moral support and an exchange. And without judgement, fearless Karen, a woman who loves a furry challenge, came to the rescue. She arrived without a scintilla of criticism. She showed up on time without even one atomic particle of harshness. Instead, Karen brought only kindness and a buzzer.

Specifically, she brought her warmth and genuinely supportive disposition and a buzz-cutting kit for human hair. She took her buzzer out and gently, delicately, patiently relieved Olive of many mats. But so deep and thick are the said mats, that Karen and I need to schedule Part 2 of “Buzzing Olive,” to complete the new and nearly improved coiff. It’s also worth mentioning at this point that Olive represents Karen’s maiden voyage into the world of dog grooming. Heretofore, Karen’s only groomed people. Next step for Karen: Beauty Parlor Chez Bow Wow. Next step for me, less hand-wringing, more canine action.

International Timebanking Day: Join the Picnic!
March 17, 2019 — 18:42

By Grace Maselli

Don’t forget! Look for us at Philippe Park in Pinellas County on March 23 from 11 to 3 PM. We’re aiming for Shelter # 3 or picnic blankets right there. Why? To celebrate International Timebanking Day! Check out Father Timebank himself, Edgar S. Cahn. Word has it it’s also the esteemed Mr. Cahn’s birthday on the 23rd. All are welcome. Bring picnic food (fried chicken and pie, tofu and non-GMO corn), a blanket, a friend, and a Frisbee to share. And for local history buffs, Philippe Park is the oldest of its kind in Pinellas County. To learn some quick, interesting facts, check out the audio tour.

Date Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time 11 AM-3 PM
Address Philippe Park
2525 Philippe Pkwy. 
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Questions? Contact coordinator@tampabaytime.org
or call 608.335.2382

 

 

Reminder: Monthly TBT Meeting in March
March 17, 2019 — 18:31

 

Reminder: Join us soon on Tuesday, March 19our Third Tuesday of Every Month rendezvous, otherwise known as TBT’s member-and-guest meeting and orientation. We meet at Tampa’s Life Enrichment Center (LEC).  This Tuesday we’re psyched about a program presentation by new member, Janie Ambrose, a woman who’s skilled in the healing arts and metaphysics, just to name a few of her impressive competencies. Find out more about “Amazing Healings by Janie” for an introductory preview. From all of us at TBT, see you on Tuesday!


Hard to believe it’s already March, eh? Join us soon on Tuesday, March 19our Third Tuesday of Every Month rendezvous otherwise known as TBT’s member-and-guest meeting and orientation.  We meet at Tampa’s Life Enrichment Center (LEC). Our Third Tuesdays are part of TBT’s revitalization initiative to dispatch our efforts further into the community. This month, as always, we’re dedicated to education around our mission: exchanges, as explained here in our flyer! But we’re also gearing up for a local celebration of International Timebank Day and founder Dr. Edgar Cahn’s birthday on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Come join us at LEC for some community togetherness, event planning, and timebanking conversation!

Date Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time 6:30-8:30 PM
Address 9704 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612; phone: 813.932.0241
Questions? Contact coordinator@tampabaytime.org or call 608.335.2382

 

In His Own Voice, an Interview with Timebank Founder, Edgar Cahn
March 14, 2019 — 22:01

By Grace Maselli

Edgar Cahn, founder of timebanking, and a legal scholar and law professor, discusses “a new kind of money,” in reference to his founding philosophy. With compassion and inclusion for all members of society, he remarks on the invaluable “economy” of families, neighborhoods, communities, and civil society: The machinery, if you will, responsible for raising children, caring for the elderly, keeping democracy running, and the planet sustainable. Just a few minor things to consider “that are beyond price,” in reference to timebanking’s core principles… Take a listen and review the thinking behind development of self-worth and the value of timebank exchanges as seen through the lens of building connection with folks in nearby locales.

“Timebanking addresses the fundamental disparities that should not be tolerated and that we do not need to accept,” Edgar offers in reference to unequal distribution of wealth in our currency-based culture, among other truths as he describes them. Check out timebanking’s five core values, too. And pass along the good vibes! Invite a friend or neighbor to learn about TBT.

The Five Core Values of TimeBanking

Assets
We are all assets. We all have something to give.
Redefining Work
Some work is beyond price. Work has to be redefined. To create “the village” that raises healthy children, builds strong families, revitalizes neighborhoods, makes democracy work, advances social justice, and even makes the planet sustainable is valuable work. It needs to be honored, recorded, and rewarded.
Reciprocity
Helping works better as a two-way street. The question: “How can I help you?” needs to change so we ask: “How can we help each other build the world we all will live in?”
Social Networks
We need each other. People joined in shared purpose are stronger than individuals. Helping each other, we reweave communities of support, strength & trust. Community is built upon sinking roots, building trust, creating networks. Special relationships
are built on commitment.

Respect
Every human being matters. Respect underlies freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and everything we value. Respect supplies the heart and soul of democracy. When respect is denied to anyone, we all are injured. We must respect where people are in the moment, not where we hope they will be at some future point.

Timebanking on a Global Scale
March 8, 2019 — 12:03

By Grace Maselli

Calling all timebankers: Look for us at Philippe Park in Pinellas County on March 23 from 11 to 3 PM. We’re aiming for Shelter # 3 or picnic blankets right there. Why? To celebrate International Time Bank Day! Check out Father Timebank himself, Edgar S. Cahn. Word has it it’s also the esteemed Mr. Cahn’s birthday too on the 23rd. All are welcome. Bring picnic food, a friend, and a Frisbee to share. And for local edgar_cahn_22history buffs, Philippe Park is the oldest of its kind in Pinellas County. To learn some quick, interesting facts, check out the audio tour.

Date Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time 11 AM-3 PM
Address Philippe Park
2525 Philippe Pkwy. 
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Questions? Contact coordinator@tampabaytime.org
or call 608.335.2382